Limited Submission Program (LSP)

The LSP is responsible for the management of limited submission opportunities (LSOs). LSOs are extramural funding opportunities that either limit the number of applications UCSF may put forward to a given sponsor or require some other kind of internal coordination (e.g., to eliminate unnecessary duplication of instrument requests). The LSP is responsible for the dissemination, solicitation and selection of proposals for such limited submission funding opportunities at UCSF. The LSP is a selection process, not an award process. As the LSP is under significant time constraints, all reviewer feedback is optional. We encourage you to seek other avenues for proposal feedback.

Calendar of Recurring LSOs

Opportunities noted in the table linked above are typically offered the same time each year. Please note that both availability and eligibility requirements noted are approximate, and subject to change.


Current LSOs

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Johnson & Johnson WISTEM2D
Click here for Cover Sheet
Internal Deadline: September 26th, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: October 31st, 2017

Extended Deadline

Please Note: A LSO becomes eligible for Extended Deadline when the LSP internal deadline has passed without receiving any applications. An opportunity will remain open and listed below until the sponsor deadline. To express interest in applying for these opportunities, please email LOI form to


NIH NIGMS Bridges to the Doctorate Program
Click here for LOI
Sponsor Deadline: September 25th, 2017

NIH NINDS Clinical Research Sites for the Network of Excellence in Neuroscience Clinical Trials
Click here for LOI
Sponsor Deadline: September 26th, 2017

AHA Strategically Focused Vascular Research Network
Click here for Cover Sheet
Sponsor Deadline: September 26th, 2017

SVRI and WBG's 2018 Development Marketplace for Innovation in the prevention and response of gender-based violence
Click here for LOI
Sponsor Deadline: October 6th, 2017

USAID Ethiopia Comprehensive HIV Services for Key and Priority Populations
Click here for LOI
Sponsor Deadline: October 12th, 2017

NSF Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program
Click here for LOI
Sponsor Deadline: October 25th, 2017

NIH NIDDK George M. O'Brien Kidney Research Core Centers (P30)
Click here for LOI
Sponsor Deadline: November 1st, 2017

NIH NIDDK Chronic Kidney Disease in Children Central Biochemistry Laboratory
Click here for LOI
Sponsor Deadline: November 3rd, 2017

NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub
Click here for LOI
Sponsor Deadline: November 27th, 2017



1. LSP learns of LSOs in several ways: UCSF receives an invitation from a private foundation to submit nominees, a federal funding opportunity becomes available, the LSP receives direct notification of an LSO or an LSO is identified by the LSP.

2. The opportunity is announced to the campus via the LSP listserv and applications for an internal competition are invited. To subscribe to the LSP listserv, please visit and click "Subscribe." A list of all current LSOs as well as a table of typically recurring LSOs are maintained online (linked above).

3. All applications or internal LOIs are due to by 10am on the internal due date, unless stated otherwise in the announcement.

4. Pre-Application vs. Internal LOI process:

a. Pre-Applications are used when the LSP anticipates more than a single application

i. Under the direction of the Chair, the LSP Advisory Committee identifies a review committee comprised of former awardees and faculty with area-specific expertise.

ii. Each application is reviewed and scored by at least two reviewers. The application with the best score is selected and the nominee receives institutional approval.

b. Internal LOIs are used to gauge interest for any given LSO:

i. LSP Advisory Committee Chair reviews LOI and provides institutional approval for applicant to move forward with a full application.

ii. If multiple LOIs are received by the internal deadline, a full internal competition will be held, and applicants will be asked to submit a pre-application and then proceed with the workflow described above.

5. After institutional approval, nominees move forward with a full application to the sponsor:

a. For opportunities sponsored by private foundations, the LSP coordinates with UCSF's Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations to provide nominees with editorial support. Nominees are always notified if this support is available.

b. For all opportunities, the LSP notifies RMS of all internal nominees who have received institutional approval to move forward with the full application.

c. The LSP's involvement ends with results notification to all applicants. PIs should work with their department RMS teams and identify the date by which RMS will need the full application prior to the sponsor application due date.

Governing Body:

The LSP resides in the Research Development Office (RDO) and is provided operational oversight by the RDO Director and guidance through a faculty Advisory Committee. Together they are charged with establishing policies and procedures. The members of the current Advisory Committee, sponsored by the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost, are:

  • Mark Moasser, MD (Chair)
  • Trever Bivona, MD PhD
  • Sophie DuMont, PhD
  • Elena Flowers, PhD RN
  • James Fraser, PhD
  • John Imboden, MD
  • Suzaynn Schick, PhD
  • Vineeta Singh, MD
  • Marina Sirota, PhD


Lisa Howard is the primary contact for general inquiries about the limited submission process. For more information contact via email ( or phone (415.502.1662).